What is My Resume Writing Process?

I love writing resumes and other career documents!  They help people find voice on who they are and what they have to offer in a tangible way.  I have developed very clear writing processes that work for all job and industry backgrounds. It is collaborative writing and will require your time, energy and focus.  The process of developing a new resume is actually as important as the final document.  Many people have told me this is the most they have ever reviewed their career so far – and what they have to offer their next employer.

Credentials

I have been a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) since 2003.  There are only about 400 of us in the country because of the stringent requirements. I am a full-time writer and coach, so I have reviewed and written several thousand resumes. Samples of my own and other people’s career documents are on this website.

Working through phone and email

I work with people both nationwide and internationally.  My writing process uses both phone and email contact.

  • Reviewing Your Current Resume:  I will give you guidelines on how to review this, because it is the starting point of the writing process.
  • Annotated Job Postings: You will provide one or two well-written job postings that we can use to focus your new resume.  You will make notes on how you are qualified and why you are interested.  You don’t need to have all of the qualifications, just most of them.
  • If you are not able to do this, then you may not be ready to work on your resume.  Some career coaching will be helpful for you to make some decisions on what you want to do next.
  • Worksheets:  I will provide a suitable worksheet to help you think about important parts of the work you have already done, but that are not on your current resume.  Some of these are function-specific, such as Accounting or Human Resources.  Others are more general, particularly for managers and executives.  This is part of the “looking back” process.
  • Perception:  I will give you questions so you can consider how you want to be perceived and why someone should hire you instead of someone else. This is part of the “looking forward” process.
  • Writing Your New Resume:  I will work with notes from our conversations, your comments on your current resume and your annotated job postings. I will bring these together with your worksheet and responses about perception.
  • Resume Review:  I will provide guidelines for reviewing your resume.  Even if you have been a hiring manager and reviewed other people’s resumes, it is not the same as looking at your own.  You will consider if the new document under-states or over-states your background.
  • Completing Your Resume:  I will review and incorporate your comments back into your new resume.  Most of the time the second version is final, or very close to it.  You know about your career, and I know about resume writing. When we are done, you will have a “master resume” that you can edit as needed.  I can then provide coaching on how to actually use your new resume in your job search.
  • Final Documents:  I will provide three versions of your new resume in Microsoft Word, PDF, and text.

Working in-person

My office is in the San Francisco area and I meet most people who are local.  Some have driven as much as a four-hour round trip to get here! Nothing beats face-to-face collaboration.  The process is very much the same as shown above.  I want you to be well prepared for our writing session to make efficient and cost-effective use of the time.

Sometimes we do all the writing here.  Other times we set up a retainer fee for me to start writing, and then we complete the process in my office. That conversation often includes some natural job search and interview coaching.

Telling the Truth – The 800-pound elephant in the room

elephant-resume-truthIt is well known that many resumes include information that cannot be verified. People can be insecure about how they will be perceived, so omissions and exaggerations gradually become part of the resume. This can include changing education degrees, job titles, dates of employment, and statements about past work experience.

If this is your situation, now is the time to tell the truth. I will help you. Life can be messy, so it is all about developing strategies on how to professionally be truthful. I am not emotionally tied to your situation, so I can be non-judgmental and provide safe space for direct and open discussion. You can have confidence that all our work together is confidential.

For example, one time I was coaching with someone who had a DUI in a company truck, a very sensitive situation.  In the middle of our coaching, he admitted that he never graduated from college 21 years before. He was short one class, and even his wife and his mother did not know that.  We fixed his resume, and practiced how he could discuss this, both professionally and with his family.  A weight was taken off his shoulder after more than two decades.

Resume Updates

It is important to keep your resume current even if you are happily employed in your new job.  You never know when someone wants to talk with you about a new opportunity.  This is part of your “career management” process.  I keep copies of your resumes in multiple places, including Carbonite online backup, so I can always find what we wrote before.

Additional Writing

The resume is the foundation for your job search, but it is really only part of your career portfolio.  Look at information on additional writing services I can provide, including LinkedIn profiles and cover letters.

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38750 Paseo Padre Parkway, #C-11
Fremont, CA 94536
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My Credentials

  • Certified Professional Resume Writer
  • Certified Employment Interview Professional
  • Certified Professional Career Coach

 

  • MBA, University of Santa Clara
  • B.S., Accounting, California State University, Hayward

 

  • 15 years helping people find jobs
  • 3 years recruiter at Robert Half
  • 40+ years business experience
  • 25 years business owner